Herb latin name: Salix chaenomeloides

Family: Salicaceae (Willow Family)

Medicinal use of Salix chaenomeloides:

The fresh bark of all members of this genus contains salicin, which probably decomposes into salicylic acid (closely related to aspirin) in the human body. This is used as an anodyne and febrifuge.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

About 1000 m. Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Sichuan.

Edible parts of Salix chaenomeloides:

Inner bark - raw or cooked. It can be dried, ground into a powder and then added to cereal flour for use in making bread etc. A very bitter flavour, it is a famine food that is only used when all else fails. Young shoots - raw or cooked. They are not very palatable.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - must be surface sown as soon as it is ripe in late spring. It has a very short viability, perhaps as little as a few days. Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, November to February in a sheltered outdoor bed or planted straight into their permanent position and given a good weed-suppressing mulch. Very easy. Plant into their permanent positions in the autumn. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, June to August in a frame. Very easy.

Cultivation of Salix chaenomeloides:

About 1000 m. Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Sichuan.

Known hazards of Salix chaenomeloides:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.